Primary School Teaching Volunteer

Teach Learn Ecuador - Quito, Ecuador
Quick Facts: Placement ID: IND-515 Location: Quito, Ecuador Sector: Education Category: Classroom Teaching Min Duration: 4 weeks Lodging: BaseCamp or Host Family Language: Basic
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Volunteer Job Description

In Ecuador 41% of the entire population is under 18. At present the country has a low standard of education and suffers severe poverty in many areas.

Teach Learn Ecuador is a school that strives to give children, especially underprivileged children, the opportunity to be taught a high standard of English and IT skills. The school also strives to educate teachers in their, "Teach Learn English Program", that provides training for local teachers in the poorest areas of Quito, (where English is not taught in schools).

To have a foreign teacher who's native tongue is English come to their school to teach the language would be a great incentive for the children to learn the language, as well as to come to school.

A volunteer English teacher would be asked to conduct English language skills in as many classes as they were able to, preferably all classes if possible. These classes would include homework for the students so the volunteer would be able to see what was absorbed in the lessons taught that day and where the problems were. Tests would also be conducted by the volunteer for the same reason. The volunteer would also be expected to provide some English language training to the teachers at the school so they may improve their English pronunciation skills.

A volunteer may also be asked to assist in organizing class trips in Quito or assist the teachers in other educational endeavours.

The school does not require a volunteer English teacher to have a teacher's specific qualification; as long as the volunteer's native tongue is English. This program allows volunteers to experience the wonders of Ecuador while making a positive contribution to its people. Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn about Ecuador’s history, culture, traditions and nature, as well as improve their Spanish language skills.

Volunteer Tasks Required

Class Preparation

As a volunteer English teacher at this school you would be responsible to prepare your classes ahead of time. When you get to the school the team will arrange with you the grades you will teach the English language to. Lessons should be planned on a weekly basis.

Class Trips

As a volunteer English teacher you may be in charge of organizing class trips to museums or other points of interest in Quito. For this task you would be expected to assist in making all arrangements and accompanying the children. Usually for class trips there would be other volunteers with their groups of kids that would join you, so it would be a joint endeavour.

Homework & Tests

As a volunteer English teacher you will be responsible for assigning homework and giving tests. These tasks will help you determine where the children are having the most problems and then you will be better able to address these issues. The volunteer would be expected to keep a record of each child's progress and a projected plan for the next volunteer to continue the English language lessons after you leave.

Recreational Activities

A volunteer English teacher may be expected to develop and implement games for the children during their breaks and lunch periods. These games may involve sports, singing or dancing activities and should encourage the children to interact with each other. The goal is to create a warm and happy learning environment for the children.

Host Organization Details

Teach Learn Ecuador

Teach Learn Ecuador is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to educating the youth of Quito.

Their GOAL is to break the overwhelming cycle of poverty that many of the children come from by helping them receive an education. The school also strives to educate teachers in their, Teach Learn English Program, that provides training for local teachers in the poorest areas of Quito where English is not taught in schools.

Teach Learn Ecuador believes that if children complete their fundamental education they will have a wider range of opportunities in future years. Many employment agencies require a basic educational background and certainly advanced learning endeavors demands a basic education to enroll. Teach Learn Ecuador strives to give children especially underprivileged children the opportunity to be taught a high standard of English and IT skills.

The coordinator of the school is Jenny Yepez who has 13 years of experience. The school has 3 classrooms which hold 7 students each. The pupils are divided into three groups according to their ages. There are 4 lessons per day and they last 2 hours each. With a range of programs designed for different objectives and levels of ability. As students learning English in the classroom the school realizes the importance of practicing what they learn. Because of this, they developed a "After School Club", where everyone participates in different activities that involve speaking, listening, writing and reading English. These courses focus on developing all 4 core skills of the English language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. This provides students with the skills and confidence to use English, both in an academic environment and in the workplace. The school helps their students to build the communication skills and confidence to master the correct pronunciation. There are three levels available: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

The importance of an academic education has become increasingly evident all around the world especially in the past decade and has been accentuated by global integration (financial and commercial) and by the information technology revolution. To advance any country and its people, the people must become educated in current technology.

When They Were Founded

Teach Learn Ecuador is a school that was founded in 2008 by William Maddison and Erik Rosero, They came from the UK to visited Ecuador a couple of years previously and were concerned about the number of children who were not able to obtain an education due to their lack of adequate funds. They returned to the UK and started a huge fundraising campaign that resulted in the construction of the school in Ecuador.

Who They Work With

According to statistics collected by UNICEF, only 76% of youth in Quito make it to their last primary grade, and even less continue on to complete secondary school. This organization works with these youth to ensure their receive a proper education and also that they understand the important of completing school.

Children that do not attend or complete school usually end up working in the markets or on the streets to pay for food or to help out their families. Just under 10% of children between the ages of five to fourteen years old who live in Ecuador are already working. Unfortunately, these children are not likely to overcome the poverty that many of them were born into.

How Are They Funded

Teach Learn Ecuador is a non-governmental organization and is funded solely through donations. The majority of their funds are from the UK and coordinated by William Maddison and Erik Rosero in the UK.

Donation Requests

This school would appreciate donations of children's clothing and shoes, educational books in both English and Spanish, educational computer software, audio visual teaching aids or other equipment and supplies, (example stationary supplies), that can be used in the school.

Placement Location Information

Quito, Ecuador

This school is located in a converted three story building. They have three classrooms which hold seven students each where volunteers will give classes. The students are divided into the three classes based on age. Each day the students rotate through four different lessons, spending two hours at each with teachers and volunteers.

The organization has good services for their volunteers with bathrooms and an area to have lunch. This area of Quito is very attractive and volunteers can spend their free time visiting malls , markets or just walking around the location at lunch time. The Metropilitanos Park is also only 5 minutes away from the placement.

Transfer From BaseCamp

From BaseCamp House walk to the Ecovia Bus Station located one block away on 6 de Diciembre Street. Get on a bus going north of Quito and get off at Los Sauces Station. This station is close to the stadium. Walk up to Eloy Alfaro and go down Gapar de Villaroel Street that will take you to the main street. From there walk 2 blocks to the south to a four storey white building which is your placement location.

Distance & Time

Distance from BaseCamp: 5 km
Travel Time from BaseCamp: 0:15

Weather in the Area

Because Ecuador is located on the Equator line, Quito's weather is very unique. Due to the Equator, Ecuador has no seasons; there is summer and winter. The year has six months winter and six months summer but the number of months for each changes from time to time.

Because Quito is so high up in the mountains, the sun is very strong and the wind blows really hard; it can get pretty cold at night. Quito always has a temperate climate with temperatures ranging from 10 to 27 ° C.

City/Village Description

Quito or also called "Luz de America", is the capital of Ecuador; a country located in South America, on the Equator line. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America because of its amazing colonial architecture, historical sites, fantastic landscapes and panoramic views all surrounded by incredible mountains, rivers, parks and volcanoes.

Quito was founded in the 16th century by the Incas Tribe and is located at an altitude of 2,850 meters above sea level.

Centro de Quito, (colonial city) is the largest and best conserved colonial city in South America; this is why the UNESCO named it a "World Cultural Heritage Site" in 1978. The city's structure on the 320 hectare compound is an outstanding example of superb architecture from the sixteenth to the twentieth century; surrounded by volcanic stone with very narrow streets within, (built stone by stone), there is much to see.

The historic centre of Quito has ancient colonial homes, priceless churches, chapels, monasteries, convents, as well as plazas, museums and republican buildings with interesting architecture.

Once outside of the historical centre of the city, Quito takes on a completely different personality in the “new town” where many high rise and government buildings are found.

Though Quito is old and historic, the public transportation is fairly efficient and the city is served by a network of buses that travel throughout most of the areas; it is a cheap way of getting around. Since the city is very long and narrow, it is divided into three zones and many buses run in each zone of the city.

Currently, the heart of the capital is full of vigour and culture, such as "Heritage Nights" where citizens and visitors can enjoy the unique attractions in the, "jewel in the crown of Ecuador", through images and videos.

Nearest Medical Clinic

Clìnica Pichincha
Paez N22-160 y Veintimilla
TEL 1: 593 2 2998-777

Placement Address

Teach Learn Ecuador
Calle Alonso De Robles Y Cristobal Enriquez S16-199

Accommodation and Meals

All of our volunteers begin their stay in Ecuador at our BaseCamp Center in Quito. Given that this placement is less than a 1 hour and 15 minute commute from BaseCamp, volunteers working here will have the option of living with us at BaseCamp or living with a host family.

The following information outlines a brief description of life at BaseCamp and also what someone can expect living with a host family in Ecuador. Once you have completed our application, you can let our staff know if you would prefer to live with a host family. Otherwise, your application will default to having you live with us at BaseCamp.

If you have any questions about the difference between life at BaseCamp or life with a host family in Ecuador you can always give us a call or send us an email. Our contact details are listed in the footer of every page of the site.

BaseCamp Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador
BaseCamp Ecuador Address

Juan Rodriguez E8 - 72 Y
6 De Diciembre
Quito, Ecuador

BaseCamp Ecuador Contact Details

Tel: 593 2-254-7737 (Guest House Jazmines)
Mobile: 593-0-998-221-438

BaseCamp Ecuador is located in the trendy Mariscal district of Quito. Within easy walking distance of banks, restaurants, internet cafes and more; BaseCamp in Quito is perfectly situated for any need. Whether you are taking advantage of the rich and vibrant night life of La Mariscal or visiting a local market, BaseCamp Ecuador is always just a few minutes away.

There are six dormitory style guest rooms and five wash-rooms. Pillows, sheets and blankets are provided. There are two common areas on the main floor, including a small resource centre, containing books, magazines, games and other Ecuadorian publications. As well there is a large selection of local movies and documentaries which are available for guest viewing. In addition to the two common areas, BaseCamp Quito has a rooftop terrace, the perfect spot to watch the street come awake with a morning cup of coffee, or spend an afternoon relaxing in the sun.

BaseCamp Quito is also the orientation and training centre for international volunteers visiting Ecuador. In addition to accommodation and meals, BaseCamp Quito also provides volunteers with orientation, Spanish Language training (1 - 8 weeks), placement consultation and work plan seminars, as well as follow up and continued support while volunteers are at their placements. All of these services are available to guests who are interested.

Living With a Host Family in Ecuador

Living with a host family in Ecuador is a fantastic way to gain a deep understanding of and appreciation for the people and customs of the country. Each home-stay will provide a bed and three meals per day for our volunteers. The majority of host families offer private rooms with only one or two volunteers living with the family.

In the case of a volunteer lodge or ranger station (which is often the only option for placements within a National Park), volunteers will be living in dormitory type accommodation and meals will be provided in a mess hall or dining area.

Living with a host family can greatly enhance your performance at your placement. For one, it will have a huge influence on the speed with which you gain familiarity with the local language. This, along with your deeper understanding of cultural practices and beliefs that you are likely to gain in this environment, can go a long way to improving or strengthening your relationships with your team mates at work. Furthermore, a significant percentage of our host families are closely affiliated with the organizations with which our volunteers work. As such, even the evening meal or hanging out around the house can become valuable time during which volunteers can share their ideas and continue their support of their host organization.

All of this being said, living with a host family is not for everyone. It is very important for volunteers to honor the house rules in their host family and to be punctual. Also, depending on how remote your placement location, host families can be very rustic. Our staff in country can give you a better idea of what exactly you can expect from a host family in any particular community. However, in general, if these things sound like they might pose a challenge for you, we strongly suggest that you look at a placement within commuting distance from BaseCamp Ecuador.

How the Program Works

Our program structure and costing is completely flexible which lets our volunteers ensure that they only pay for exactly the degree of support that they want.

Option 1 - Free Services

Some volunteers prefer to coordinate their own accommodation, meals and other support while overseas.

Anyone is welcome to use our volunteer placement search tool to help in finding a placement that is well suited to their interests. Once someone finds a placement that they wish to work with, they are welcome to make all the rest of their arrangmeents on their own.

As well, our team of staff overseas are often able to offer a few helpful pointers for volunteers 'doing it on their own'. Just send us an email with your questions and we will put you in touch with our team abroad. We only ask that you keep your requests fairly general, as this type of advice is exactly how our team earn their living. :)

Option 2 - Placement Support - 250 USD

Other volunteers would like assistance in selecting and confirming their placement, but they plan to manage their own accommodation and other expenses on their own.

These volunteers have the option of choosing to only have our assistance with selecting and confirming their placement. This option also includes ongoing placement support while abroad, so a volunteer would be able to ask our team for help if things at their placement were not working out.

In providing Placement Support, our team works with each volunteer through email, telephone and either Skype or Google Hangouts, to ensure that each volunteer has a clear understanding of their placement options. Our in-country staff will put together a custom list of placement options for each volunteer that they believe are the most appropriate matches with the volunteer's background, skills and interests. Then each volunteer can work with our team both in Canada and abroad to go through each of the options and narrow-down their selection.

Option 3 - Full Program Support

For most volunteers who are volunteering for less than a year, they are looking for an option that includes their accommodation, meals, airport reception, country and program orientation and placement support. This is what our Program Fees are designed for.

We are proud of how over the years we have ensured that our program fees are amoungst the most reasonable of any program in the world while we continue to provide exceptional volunteer support both at home and abroad.

Our Program Fees and listings of what these do and do not include are listed below:

Program Fees

Program Fees - Ecuador

  Registration Fee
  1 Week
  2 Weeks
  3 Weeks
  4 Weeks
  5 Weeks
  6 Weeks
  7 Weeks
  8 Weeks
  Additional Weeks

Ecuador wildlife and conservation placements require an additional $7 USD per day fee to cover park fees and accommodation. All program fees are listed in US Dollars.

What is Included
  • Pre-Departure support
  • Placement consulation
  • Airport reception & transfer
  • 2 Day orientation
  • Accommodation (BaseCamp or host family)
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Emergency & placement support

What is Not Included
    Before Departure
  • International flight
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Visa costs where required
  • Work permits where required
    While Overseas
  • Daily transportation to and from placement
  • Transport to airport on departure
  • Placement fees if requried

Program Dates

Our regularly scheduled program start dates are the first Friday of each month, every month of the year. We strongly recommend beginning your program on one of these dates as this will allow you to go through our orientation alongside other international volunteers.

If you would prefer, our application will also allow you to select a custom start date for your program. Keep in mind that there is an additional fee for a custom start date which ranges from 50 to 75 USD.

Aug 07, 2020 Sep 04, 2020 Oct 02, 2020
Nov 06, 2020 Dec 04, 2020 Jan 01, 2021
Feb 05, 2021 Mar 05, 2021 Apr 02, 2021
May 07, 2021 Jun 04, 2021 Jul 02, 2021
Aug 06, 2021 Sep 03, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
Nov 05, 2021 Dec 03, 2021 Jan 07, 2022
Feb 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022 Apr 01, 2022
May 06, 2022 Jun 03, 2022 Jul 01, 2022


These dates are the day that volunteers should plan to arrive on the ground in country. We can accommodate arrivals in-country at any time day or night on these dates.

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